Tour de France

Britain's Chris Froome, center, crosses the finish line with blood on his elbow after crashing during the first stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 201 kilometers (124.9 miles) with start in Noirmoutier-en-L'Ile and finish in Fontenay Le-Comte, France, Saturday, July 7, 2018. Left is Netherlands' Koen de Kort. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
July 07, 2018 - 10:47 am
FONTENAY-LE-COMTE, France (AP) — Chris Froome tumbled off the road into a grassy field in the opening stage of the Tour de France on Saturday, immediately putting his pursuit of a record-tying fifth title in peril. With grass stains on his right shoulder and back, Froome got back up and crossed 51...
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Spectators watch as the pack passes along the west coast during the first stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 201 kilometers (124.9 miles) with start in Noirmoutier-en-L'Ile and finish in Fontenay Le-Comte, France, Saturday, July 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
July 07, 2018 - 6:58 am
NOIRMOUTIER-EN-L'ILE, France (AP) — Chris Froome's pursuit of a record-tying fifth Tour de France title has begun amid big crowds under sunny skies on an island off the Atlantic coast. The full peloton of 176 riders split between 22 teams got rolling Saturday morning for the mostly flat 201-...
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Four-time Tour de France cycling race winner Chris Froome of Britain rides during a training near Saint-Mars-la-Reorthe, France, Friday, July 6, 2018, ahead of Saturday's start of the Tour de France cycling race. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
July 07, 2018 - 5:25 am
NOIRMOUTIER-EN-L'ILE, France (AP) — Chris Froome's pursuit of a record-tying fifth Tour de France title has begun amid big crowds under sunny skies on an island off the Atlantic coast. The full peloton of 176 riders split between 22 teams got rolling Saturday morning for the mostly flat 201-...
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Four-time Tour de France cycling race winner Chris Froome of Britain looks on during a training near Saint-Mars-la-Reorthe, France, Friday, July 6, 2018, ahead of Saturday's start of the Tour de France cycling race. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
July 06, 2018 - 10:53 am
MOUILLERON-LE-CAPTIF, France (AP) — Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme urges fans to "keep both feet on the ground" when four-time champion Chris Froome rides by. Freshly cleared of doping, the Team Sky rider was booed at by the crowd at the Tour teams presentation on Thursday. The race...
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FILE - In this July 26, 2014, file photo, Tejay van Garderen of the U.S. concentrates prior to the start of the 20th stage of the Tour de France cycling race in Bergerac, France.For years Tejay van Garderen has been the United States' best hope of winning the Tour de France, but Van Garderen is tasked with doing all he can so that teammate Richie Porte can fight for the title during this edition of the world's biggest cycling race. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani, File)
July 05, 2018 - 9:31 am
LA ROCHE-SUR-YON, France (AP) — For years, Tejay van Garderen has been the United States' best hope of winning the Tour de France. But for this edition of the world's biggest cycling race, Van Garderen is tasked with doing all he can for teammate Richie Porte to fight for the title. "It's different...
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Team Sky with four-time Tour de France cycling race winner Chris Froome of Britain leaves for a training ride in Saint-Mars-la-Reorthe, Vendee region, France, Thursday, July 5, 2018, ahead of upcoming Saturday's start of the race. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
July 05, 2018 - 8:16 am
MOUILLERON-LE-CAPTIF, France (AP) — The normally clear-defined lines between land and sea will blend together during Saturday's opening stage of the 105th Tour de France. Crosswinds will likely be a factor, too. The race begins in the Vendee department on the Atlantic Ocean, alongside a road — the...
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FILE - This Friday, July 21, 2017 file photo shows Britain's Chris Froome, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, as he leaves the team bus prior to the start of the nineteenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 222.5 kilometers (138.3 miles) with start in Embrun and finish in Salon-de-Provence, France. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)
July 03, 2018 - 6:20 am
After being cleared of doping, Chris Froome is ready "to make history" in France. Froome will be on the starting line of the Tour de France on Saturday in the western region of Vendee, aiming to join Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain in the elite club of five-time...
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FILE - In this Oct. 17, 2017 file photo Britain's Chris Froome poses in front of the the road-map during the presentation of the 2018 Tour de France cycling race, in Paris. Chris Froome has been cleared of doping by the International Cycling Union in a decision that should allow him to pursue a record-tying fifth Tour de France title. A UCI statement says "Froome's sample results do not constitute an AAF (Adverse Analytical Finding)," adding that it has decided "to close the proceedings against Mr Froome." The Tour begins Saturday and _ until this decision _ race organizers were reportedly denying him entry. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
July 02, 2018 - 9:42 am
Chris Froome was cleared of doping by the International Cycling Union on Monday in a decision that will allow him to pursue a record-tying fifth Tour de France title later this week. Froome had been racing under the cloud of a potential ban after a urine sample provided during his victory at the...
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FILE - In this July 23, 2017 file photo Britain's Chris Froome, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, is followed by teammate Colombia's Sergio Henao Montoya, as they pass the Arc de Triomphe during the twenty-first and last stage of the Tour de France cycling race in Paris. Chris Froome has been cleared of doping by the International Cycling Union in a decision that should allow him to pursue a record-tying fifth Tour de France title. A UCI statement says "Froome's sample results do not constitute an AAF (Adverse Analytical Finding)," adding that it has decided "to close the proceedings against Mr Froome." The Tour begins Saturday and _ until this decision _ race organizers were reportedly denying him entry. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
July 02, 2018 - 9:11 am
This was supposed to be the year Chris Froome was warmly welcomed into cycling royalty with an expected record-tying fifth Tour de France title. Instead, the Team Sky rider finds himself only freshly cleared of doping after an asthma drug case that dragged on for 10 months and revealed divisions...
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July 01, 2018 - 9:26 am
PARIS (AP) — Le Monde newspaper says Tour de France organizers have forbidden four-time champion Chris Froome from taking part in this year's race. According to the newspaper, Amaury Sport Organisation have informed Team Sky they don't want Froome to be on the starting line in order to protect the...
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